Nordic Walking exercises for people living with Parkinson's May 23 2020

British Nordic Walking INWA exercises for people with Parkinson's

As part of our project with Parkinson's UK, we have produced some videos to help people living with Parkinson's learn more about - and enjoy - Nordic Walking while coronavirus restrictions on group activity are in place.

Parkinson's UK Nordic Walking project December 11 2019

Parkinson's UK and British Nordic WalkingBritish Nordic Walking is working with Parkinson's UK on a three-year project to introduce people living with Parkinson's to the benefits of Nordic Walking. Starting in the East Midlands the project will be expanded over the next two years.

Nordic Walking and Healthy Ageing October 23 2019

Healthy Ageing

British Nordic Walking has become Signatory on the Consensus on Healthy Ageing in an initiative from Public Health England to help achieve a shared vision “for England to be the best place in the world to grow older, giving everyone the opportunities and support they need to have a healthy and good quality later life and making the best use of the strengths, skills and experience of older people.“ 

UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines recognise Nordic Walking October 03 2019

The UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines published on 7 September 2019 has recognised the benefits of Nordic Walking as a useful activity separately to those of ordinary walking.

Alison Clarke talks about being a British Nordic Walking instructor June 05 2019

Alison Clarke British Nordic Walking instructor

Nordic Walking instructor, Alison Clarke, shares her knowledge, experience and keenness with other Nordic Walkers as a British Nordic Walking instructor.

Calling Nordic Walkers in Scotland and the North of England May 08 2019

Exel Nordic Walking Challenge Event Scotland

We're keen to sound out what level of demand there is for running one of our Exel Nordic Walking Challenge Events in Scotland/North of England in the future. Your help completing this shirt survey would be very much appreciated.

Wonderful Nordic Walking event in Wales July 05 2016

A fabulous day was had by 100 Nordic Walkers and a dedicated team of volunteers.  people had travelled from all over England and Wales to  join in the 5km, 10km and half marathon British Nordic Walking Challenge event at the end of June.

Nordic Walking challenge events are becoming increasingly popular with all ages, with their relaxed and sociable atmosphere.  This event even attracted five very keen children who excitedly Nordic Walked round the course, racing into the finish to accept their well deserved medal.  

Parents - if you struggle to distract your kids from their Gameboy’s, Wii, Nintendo or Xbox, why not introduce them to Nordic Walking?  It gets them outdoors, burns lots of calories and also teaches them important coordination skills.

Thank you to everyone who took part and make it such fun.  

If you would like to view all the event photos please visit


Fabulous Nordic Walking Festival In Nottingham May 22 2015

The Nordic Walkers were wowed by the beauty of Wollaton Park, the friendliness of the organising team and the amazing atmosphere of the Nordic Walking community.

The ages of the Nordic Walkers ranged from a family including a lady of 84 years young to a seven year old Nordic Walker, called Ben, who was determined to beat his mum and sister in the 5km Challenge distance. His mum Sarah had started Nordic Walking because she'd heard about the health benefits and soon after her son and daughter decided they wanted to follow in her footsteps.

Many people came to challenge themselves to either complete the distance or beat their previous fastest time and were awarded with a stylish medal. All participants enjoyed the chance to meet other Nordic Walkers from areas as far flung as Surrey, Corrnwall and South Wales.

Race Director, Catherine Hughes, thanked her large team of volunteers, without whom the event would not have gone ahead. To see the results of the event go to this page:  

To see some of the photos of the event click here.

British Nordic Walking Challenge Series 2015, 4 events, 4 beautiful parks, hundreds of Nordic Walkers... April 16 2015

The British Nordic Walking Challenge Series 2015 events have now been finalised. Four events, four beautiful parks covering four seasons... and literally hundreds of Nordic Walkers.

British Nordic Walking Challenge Series 2015

The first event kicks off in Nottingham at Wollaton Park on May 17th, then Cardiff's Cosmeston Country Park and Lakes for July 5th. To mark the end of summer we re-visit Lydiard park in Swindon on the 6 September and then in November we are just to the West of London at Black Park in Buckinghamshire.

Click on our events page for more information and details of how to book.

Choose between 5KM, 10KM or 20KM distance and enjoy these stunning off road Nordic walking routes.

We hope to see you at one or all of the Nordic Walking events this year!

Clare Balding picks up the poles with British Nordic Walking - Tune in to Radio 4 on Thursday 19th March at 3pm March 18 2015

Clare had never tried Nordic Walking before, but she willingly set off to Bramcote Park in Nottingham to join our National Coach, Dr Catherine Hughes, and her Saturday group for a lesson. 

We’re pleased to report that after learning the first five steps, of the INWA 10 Step Method, in only a few minutes, she was off around the park and really took to it. Her speed took us (and the producer) by surprise!

We told her about our Challenge Series, and had a bit of a race up the hill and back to the car park. She strode out with quite a purpose and really loved pushing on her poles. 

Clare was visiting a project that Catherine runs for people with learning difficulties and their carers plus other members of the public who prefer a slower pace. The class is like a lifeline to some of the group, offering a rare chance for the mums and daughters of the group to enjoy doing a sport together.

Clare took time to interview everyone, and she admitted she’d had a very moving experience listening to how Nordic Walking had changed their lives.

If you miss the show on 19th March it is repeated on Saturday 21st March at 6am or you can download the podcast later


British Nordic Walking Challenge Series Swindon | The best yet! November 03 2014

They came from far and wide. Every age, men and women, individuals, clubs, from all over the UK and even Italy. What brought them together? Nordic Walking.

The office has been flooded with feedback today, "what a wonderful day, how friendly, how exciting", "like no other Nordic walking experience", "totally different to my usual Nordic walks".

Over 120 people took part in the Nordic Walking Challenge, either in the 5KM Nordic Walk, the 10Km Nordic walk or the 20 Km Nordic Walk. The back drop of Lydiard House and the park were stunning and added to the atmosphere. The course was really varied with grassy paths, woodland trails, lakeside stretches, a bit of mud and the odd shower of rain. The sun shone through for the prize giving. here are the results:


5 Km Nordic Walking Challenge distance:

Men: James Smith | 0:46:37.4

Women: Pam Lucas | 0:42:15.2


10 Km Nordic Walking Challenge distance:

Men: Alvyn Bysouth | 1:11:08.1

Women: Helen Evans | 1:15:10.8


20 Km Nordic Walking Challenge distance:

Men: Gareth Davies | 2:31:21.5

Women: Vicky Welsh | 2:32:52.4


Team Nordic Walking Challenge:

5 Km: Bristol Nordic Walking

10 Km: Oxfordshire Fitness

10 Km: Gemini Outdoor